(ONLINE) Free Verse Open Mic: Solitary Solidarity

Please join us for the first of three online Open Mic poetry sessions hosted with Free Verse on Zoom.

Click on the following link on Sunday, March 29 at 2pm to join: https://zoom.us/j/666166393

On Sunday March 29, April 5, and April 19, we will host Free Verse Open Mic poetry sessions. For each session a “Poets Respond” prompt will be posted on the Wednesday prior to the event. Free Verse poets and the public are invited to write new poems in response to the prompt, and share their poems in an Open Mic format during the hour-long digital zoom meeting the following Sunday. For the first session the prompt is:

Poets Respond: to the theme SOLITARY SOLIDARITY. Write 1-3 poems about your current experience around social distancing and confinement during the Covid-19 pandemic and/or what previous experiences are helping you cope now.

Join us to share your poem or listen to the readings. Please note that there is limited capacity for this online program and participation is first come first served. The program will be recorded and shared for public viewing after it’s completion. To join the Zoom meeting make sure you have the free zoom app downloaded and installed on your device, and then click on the link provided above at the time of the event. Instructions for using Zoom can be found here. 

PLEASE NOTE: In light of her recent and unexpected passing, we are dedicating this program to Ms. Jones, Branch Chief at Bronx Probation.

We are also inviting participants to email their poems to communication@queensmuseum.org for a special edition pdf poetry compilation for each of the sessions.

This program is presented as part of the Community Partnership exhibition My Word(s) – These are the tools I trust, which presents text-based art and creative arts programs produced by participants of Free Verse. Initiated in 2012, Free Verse is a poetry workshop, working artists program, publishing house, and magazine that works with people in NYC Department of Probation waiting rooms to turn “waiting time into creative-time.” Poets share experiences with the criminal justice system, family shelters, racial profiling, among other critical social issues. While focused on serving those stuck waiting in probation centers, all workshops, open mics, inclusion in the magazine, and book-making are open to the public. The project has also evolved to offer participants job opportunities as teaching artists as part of a Working Artists Program. 

This program is supported in part by NYC Department of Probation, Poets & Writers, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

Image credit: Free Verse Issue 1. Detail of illustrations by Carin Goldberg, photography by Carin Goldberg and Sam Lavine.

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